Well, now you need to know this:
If you want to go to Alcatraz buy tickets in advance...because EVERYONE else does.
We went back to the Golden Gate Park via bus (yes, that's right we are nearing muni pro status on Day 3). We took a lovely tour of the Japanese Tea Gardens (recommend!). We used City Guides for the tour, it's a group of volunteers that provide free tours throughout the city. It's a branch of the SF Library - such a great idea. Then we went over to Stow Lake and relaxed for a while. We considered paddle boats, but the 20 mile ride from the previous day kinda put me over the edge.
Instead we walked over to The Taco Shop @ Underdogs for the best fish taco I've ever had in my life. So so good. It was a crunchy corn tortilla inside a soft tortilla the fish taco was stuffed with cabbage, guacamole, cheese, cilantro and delicious salsa.
Then we tried take a walk through Buena Vista Park but all the bum/hippy population of SF gets comfortable in this Haight/Ashbury park and they had a difficult time refraining from yelling obscenities as us- and while the climb to the top is said to offer the most beautiful view in the city we only made it up about 3/4 of the way because we started to get uncomfortable about interrupting ...em, sleeping peeps.
So we move along...
Surprisingly the east side of Buena Vista is virtually hippy free and the walk is down hill (FINALLY) into Castro. Of course this was the perfect opportunity for Doug to recall every SF joke he's ever heard and the best part of all is that Castro proudly boasts their very own sausage factory. Love it. Don't, however, love it as much as the bi-rite Creamery, which happens to probably be the best ice cream we've ever had. Really- EVER. Salted caramel...enough said.
We progressed from Castro via muni up to Market where we took the historic cable car ride through the city and ended at Fisherman's Wharf. First stop: Musee Mechanique. Maybe the best museum in the city? It's full of old carnival games, available for you to play. Some of them are recent enough that I remember from my childhood, but the majority of the games are way older than even my grandparents. So fun!
We of course stopped at Pier 39 and messed around in the shops, watched the sea lions and then saw a super fun "side show" on the pier stage. It was really amazing. (The guy put real actual scissors in his nose.)
From there we ventured into Little Italy- adorbs. We had dinner at Il Pollaio, a wonderful little place that was voted best comfort food in the city. Really great. The food was so wholesome, delicious and authentic tasting.
I think that was the end of our day...whew. We are getting worn out from the crazy walking- there's no rest for the tourist when Doug Shumway is around.